LSU soccer picked second in SEC West

With the start of preseason training just a little more than two weeks away, the LSU soccer team has been picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference Western Division in a preseason poll of the league’s 14 coaches announced Tuesday by the league.

The Tigers received one first-place vote to finish as the top team in the SEC West and 67 points overall to trail only the 13 first-place votes and 91 points received by Texas A&M.

The Aggies are also the preseason favorites to claim their first SEC regular-season championship after receiving eight first-place votes for the overall crown.

Defending SEC champion Florida received the other six first-place votes to retain the title they won over Texas A&M last season.

The Tigers have enjoyed tremendous success in recent seasons, including winning four SEC Western Division championships in a five-year span in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. They also finished in second-place in the SEC regular season standings in three of the past five seasons in 2008, 2009 and 2011 as they prepare for the start of the 2013 campaign.

The Tigers report to campus Aug. 6, with the start of preseason training beginning the next day.

LSU will face Nicholls State in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Aug. 16. The Tigers host Louisiana Tech in their regular-season opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 23.